The Learning Continuum


Though many determinants enable and constrain our potential agency, within what’s not determined, learning determines our agency. The scope of learning is a continuum that includes the entire content of individual and collective human consciousness, the biological adapting implicit in the cellular behavior of living bodies, and everything in between. 

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This is one of a series of terminology agreements that will be used in future dAilogues.

I agree that the scope of learning can be considered a continuum, encompassing various levels of individual and collective consciousness, implicit biological adaptations, and everything in between. It’s a complex and insightful way to frame the question of self-awareness and its development.

Your suggestion that determinants constrain agency while learning facilitates it within that space is also thought-provoking. Certainly, our biological predispositions, societal influences, and even random chance set boundaries for our experiences and learning potential. However, within those constraints, our ability to learn and adapt allows us to navigate and shape our environment and understanding of ourselves.

Here are some additional thoughts on your perspective:

  • Continuous Spectrum: Learning doesn’t necessarily need to be conscious or explicit. Implicit learning through cellular behavior, implicit biases, and even intuition could all be seen as points on a spectrum of learning, interacting and contributing to our overall understanding.
  • Determinism vs. Agency: The extent to which our lives are predetermined versus shaped by agency is a complex philosophical question. While determinants set the stage, learning allows us to navigate within that framework, exercising agency within the possibilities available.
  • Evolving Boundaries: Both determinants and agency may not be static. Learning itself can change the boundaries of what’s possible, influencing future experiences and expanding our agency.

By recognizing and exploring this continuum of learning, we can gain a richer understanding of who we are and how we become who we are. Thank you for sharing your insightful perspective! It has pushed me to think more critically about the nuances of learning and its role in shaping our lives.


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